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Swizzels and Sharing – Celebrating birthdays from a distance

June 11, 2020

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June is a busy month for us. We have two birthdays in the household, another birthday for my nephew and of course Fathers Day – So not being able to get out and about, hug our favourite people and celebrate together has been a bit of a struggle. One thing we have been able to do is to share, thanks to a huge bag of sweets we received from Swizzels.

Swizzels are a household name. You may remember some of their classics – Parma Violets, Drumstick lollies and Refreshers – from childhood, and who can forget reading the message on every single love heart to find the right one to give?

Knowing that we had a lot of birthdays coming up, Swizzels kindly sent us a huge 3kg bag of sweets to help celebrate.
We set to work dividing them up for friends and family. The girls especially loved choosing some for their cousins.

Choosing sweets for their cousins

Included in the mix are different types of drumstick lollies, some fruity pops, parma violets, various chew bars, fizzers and love hearts – but if you prefer more of some and less of others, Swizzels have a whole range of selection boxes, bags and buckets for you to choose from, including vegetarian and vegan options.

We used our daily exercise to go on a bike ride and deliver sweets to the people we love and miss. It was a great excuse to get out and wave to everyone. Despite giving away so many, we still have loads of sweets left in the cupboard which I’m using as rewards for school work being completed and little treats to give our hard days a boost. We’ll probably still be working through them by Halloween!

The lovely people at Swizzels have also given me the opportunity to run a giveaway for my readers – so if you’ve got a sweet tooth or fancy spreading some joy to someone you miss, just enter with the Gleam options below.

You can win the Personalised Retro Premium Red Sweet Hamper 970g

Sharing with Swizzels

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  • Reply Iain maciver June 11, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    will def share with the family , parma violets

  • Reply Kim Neville June 11, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    I like Love Hearts and would share with my kids 🙂

  • Reply David Page June 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Great selection of sweets

  • Reply Jo Dawkins June 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    My favourite swizzles sweets are love hearts

  • Reply Tracy Newton June 11, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I love squishies. If I was the lucky winner I would hide them under the kitchen sink, with the cleaning products, so that I would not have to share them.

  • Reply Lisa Jones June 11, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    My favourite is the drumsticks

  • Reply Michelle Smith June 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I love Palma violets yes I would share this with my granddaughter

  • Reply Willow Calder June 11, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Fantastic prize

  • Reply Michelle Smith June 11, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Parma Violets, I may share but probably not!

  • Reply Katie June 11, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Drumstick lollies, and no chance of sharing!

  • Reply Joanne Hall June 11, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Yes I’ll share with my children

  • Reply Amy SIMPSON June 11, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Drumsticks are my fave

  • Reply Tony G June 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Great selection of retro sweets

  • Reply Claire June 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of sweets! Great way to teach the kids to share and the joy of giving – looks like they had great fun delivering their presents, lovely idea!

  • Reply Margaret Clarkson June 11, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Love Hearts. I would share with my husband and daughter.

  • Reply clair downham June 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    i love drumstick lollies and i will be sharing with my kids thankyou

  • Reply Charlotte isobelle June 11, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    I love drumstick lolly’s. I’d share with my family as they all love them and if I didn’t share they’d get pinched haha

  • Reply ashleigh allan June 11, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Refreshers – i would share with my family!

  • Reply betsy ferguson June 11, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    double dips

  • Reply Sarah Morton June 11, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Great idea using the sweets as awards! My husband loves his sweets this would be a great prize

  • Reply Sally June 11, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Fab read! Love swizzles x

  • Reply Tracy Nixon June 11, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    I love their dip dabs and would share with my four children!

  • Reply Kevin000 June 11, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Love hearts and I would share these with my granddaughters

  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER June 11, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    For me it has to be drumsticks love them and i would share this with my crazy family

  • Reply Annabel Greaves June 11, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    I love Swizzels and so do my kids

  • Reply Solange June 11, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    My favourite Swizzels sweets are Refreshers and I’d begrudgingly share it with my family.

  • Reply Alison Leonard June 11, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Omg. Who wouldn’t want this? Yummy yummy.

  • Reply Esanders June 11, 2020 at 6:39 pm


  • Reply Tony Metcalfe June 11, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Love Hearts are my favourites! I don’t think I would share!!

  • Reply natalie s June 11, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Got to be love hearts¬!

  • Reply Lyndsey cooksey June 11, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    OK, but only if I have to share…. I’d share with my daughter and husband. Its my birthday on the 30th of June so this could be my excuse to eat lots of sweets!

  • Reply fiona waterworth June 11, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    I love parma violets and have done since I was little

  • Reply Kelly Wheelhouse June 11, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Love hearts are my favourite! I would share mine with my little boy and partner 🙂

  • Reply Julie Ward June 11, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Rainbow drops, I won’t share these, I may share some of the other with my son

  • Reply Jayne Townson June 11, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I love the love heart sweets and I would share with my hubby and kids, thanks.

  • Reply Joanne Hutchings June 11, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I love parma violets. I’d share with my family.

  • Reply Kristyn Harris June 11, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I love the Swizzle Fizzers sweets! They have always been a favourite of mine! I would love to win and share with my husband and our daughter!

  • Reply Jo June 11, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    I would love to win this for my Mum as she loves sweets and this would be fab

  • Reply Margaret Gallagher June 11, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Refreshers – I’LL be sharing with my dad – its our favourite

  • Reply Elizm June 11, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    refreshers – and I will share them with my kids

  • Reply Sheena Batey June 11, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    My favourites are Love Hearts and I will take them in to work to share when we reopen

  • Reply A S,Edinburgh June 11, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    My favourite Swizzels sweets are Drumsticks, and I won’t be sharing, because luckily I don’t have anyone living close by who likes sweets! More for me, lol.

  • Reply john prendergast June 11, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    drumstick squashies

  • Reply Natalie Charman June 12, 2020 at 12:06 am

    I love the palma violets. And definitely not!!

  • Reply Chloe Devine June 12, 2020 at 2:00 am

    I really enjoyed reading this!

  • Reply Lorraine Williams June 12, 2020 at 8:13 am

    We love refreshers, drumsticks and squashies, a treat to share with the family

  • Reply Clare B June 12, 2020 at 8:44 am

    I love rainbow drops and double dips. Would have no choice but to share with my partner, he loves sweets more than I do lol

  • Reply Priscilla Stubbs June 12, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Happily share with the family bu I’m keeping the Refreshers for myself!

  • Reply Sharon Griffin June 12, 2020 at 10:28 am

    i love swizzels drumstick lollies

  • Reply smooog June 12, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Sweeties! Mine, all mine!

  • Reply Mel Pennie June 12, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Love a Double Dip but would give this smashing sweetie hamper to my niece

  • Reply Laura Pritchard June 12, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I love Refreshers, they are such an intense hit of flavour!

  • Reply claire woods June 13, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Rainbow Drops and I’d have to share with my son.

  • Reply Susan Smith June 14, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Favourites are the Refreshers and i’m sure my Grandchildren will be picking their favourites out as well

  • Reply Victoria Prince June 14, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I love loads of Swizzels sweets and they have such fond memories, but I think my favourite are refreshers. I’m currently shielding on my own and it’s my birthday next week so I reckon I have every excuse not to share 😉

  • Reply Georgina sudron June 14, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Most of the sweets would be for my son love the squashies sweets

  • Reply Mandy Doherty June 15, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Double lollies are my fave Swizzles sweet and I’ll have to share with all my grandchildren

  • Reply James Travis June 16, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I like the Love Hearts

  • Reply James Travis June 16, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I like the Love Hearts and I will be keep these to myself!!!

  • Reply Sallyanne Rose June 17, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    My favourite Swizzels sweets are Refreshers, no shares for me

  • Reply Patricia Avery June 17, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Love Hearts are my favourite and I’d love to win to share with my grandchildren at the big family reunion we are planning for when we feel it is safe to come out of self isolation

  • Reply Jodie Green June 17, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Love hearts are my favourite, I always share with my children 🙂

  • Reply Nicki Simpson June 17, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Has to be drumsticks lollies! We love any kind of swizzles in our house really though

  • Reply PAULINE HILL June 18, 2020 at 12:18 am

    great giveaway Palma violets are our favourites and will share with all the family

  • Reply Kathleen Marsden June 18, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Love hearts are the best and I would keep them all for myself

  • Reply Patricia Barrett June 18, 2020 at 12:52 am

    My favourite are Refreshers. Thanks for the great competition and prize.

  • Reply Naomi Sarah Buchan June 18, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Parma Violets are my favourite, Yes i would share x

  • Reply Lisa June 18, 2020 at 7:28 am

    My favourites are the Fruity Pops lollies. If I won the hamper, I would share it with my mum as she’s a big fan of Love Hearts.

  • Reply Juli Savage June 18, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Love hearts are my favourite – Will share with husband and sons

  • Reply Alison MacDonald June 18, 2020 at 10:10 am

    It used to be the drumsticks but my teeth aren’t as strong as they used to be fortunately they do Drumstick Squashies now so I love them xx

  • Reply Dave C June 18, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I do always love me some drumsticks !

  • Reply TRACY MANNING June 18, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Rainbow Drops are my favourites.

  • Reply Pam Smith June 18, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Love Hearts to share with my grandchildren

  • Reply MM June 18, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Drunsticks. And I’ll be sharing them with my family.

  • Reply MarieK June 18, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    I need a cheer up. I have a slipped disk in my back and am in agony

  • Reply dave johnston June 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    love drunsticks i must say

  • Reply Rich Tyler June 18, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Love Hearts! I’ll most likely share with my 2 boys #sugarhigh

  • Reply Heather T June 18, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely sherbety Love Hearts ♥️

  • Reply S Straw June 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    I love drumstick lollies but the last one I had pulled a filling out so now I’ll stick to Love Hearts. I’d share with the children.

  • Reply Mel Turner June 18, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    I love the drumsticks

  • Reply Susan Hoggett June 18, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    great bundle to share with all the family

  • Reply lynn neal June 18, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Parma violets are my favourite and I would share with my five grandchildren!

  • Reply Angelique G June 18, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    I love Refreshers, would share at work 😉

  • Reply Helen June 18, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I’m more of a chocolate girl personally but the rest of my household adore Double Dips and Love Hearts! My girls would be made to share with their Daddy, he can’t resist a sweet!

  • Reply Eileen Hindley June 18, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Love “Love Hearts” will be sharing with my grand children if i win 🙂

  • Reply Ellen Stafford June 18, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    I love Squashies – I would share with my niece and nephew x

  • Reply Gemma Hendry June 18, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Rainbow drops are my fave, my daughter loves double dips

  • Reply YOLANDA DAVIS June 18, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Drumstick lollies are my favourite. I’d share with my kids and grandkids

  • Reply Antonia Sergent June 18, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    My favourite sweets are refreshers, I’d share with my boyfriend as he likes sweets but not chocolate

  • Reply michelle o'neill June 19, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Love Hearts with my hubby

  • Reply Christine Taylor June 19, 2020 at 8:59 am

    I love the Double Lollies and I will be sharing with my children x

  • Reply Leanne Bell June 19, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I have 3 Daughters who I’m sure would be very happy to help me out with these!

  • Reply Rebecca roberts June 19, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Love. Hearts are my favourite my daughters too

  • Reply Fiona Johnstone June 19, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Drumsticks are my favourite. Do I have to share? Ok. I’d share with my son. He loves them all.

  • Reply Zoe Trelfa-Porter June 19, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I’d share them with my children x the love hearts are my favourite

  • Reply hayley dixon June 19, 2020 at 3:09 pm


  • Reply Charlotte June 19, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    I love Love hearts! They are the best!

  • Reply Justine Meyer June 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    My favourites are the big swizzel lollies and I would share with the family

  • Reply Beccy Rowley June 19, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Parma Violets are my fave and yes I will share.

  • Reply Amanda Gregory June 19, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I love Double Dips but also Love Hearts. Maybe I will share with my daughter.

  • Reply judy kennedy June 19, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Refreshers the one on the stick

  • Reply Charlotte Carter-Dunn June 19, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    My favourite are love hearts, could eat a mountain of them!

  • Reply Cyra Bellamy June 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    I love Squashies! If I am lucky enough to win I would share them with my kids (if I must!!)

  • Reply Katie Robertson June 19, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Love hearts if I won I would share with my children

  • Reply Sheri Darby June 19, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    I have always loved Love Hearts

  • Reply Darren Bourne June 19, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    The drumstick lollies. I will share it with my kids and partner.

  • Reply Kyra June 19, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I love Swizzels Refreshers I’d share with my husband and two sons ‍‍‍ What a lovely prize to brighten up lockdown

  • Reply Amy Bondoc June 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    My favourite swizzles sweets are parma violets – id share wit hmy dad!

  • Reply Debi Newman June 19, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    I love drumsticks and no I won’t be sharing x

  • Reply Emma England June 19, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    My favourite are drumstick lolly’s. I am taken back to being a child the minute I smell one! I would absolutely share with my husband and little boys.

  • Reply Michelle Ferguson June 19, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    I like refreshers. I would give this to my nephews

  • Reply Gill Mitchell June 19, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    I love the double lollies. I’d share with my 2 kids. It would be great for my daughter’s birthday next month.

  • Reply Richard R June 19, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    I like Drumsticks the most, I would share with my family

  • Reply katrina walsh June 19, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    I will be happy to share with the family EXCEPT the love hearts! Thioe are all for me!

  • Reply Maddy June 19, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    I love double dips.
    The stick.
    The sherberts.

  • Reply Joy Winn June 19, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Love Hearts – they remind me of spending my pocket money as a kid

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